Seychelles authorities take steps to address new COVID-19 variant

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Following this week’s Safe Task Force meeting chaired by the Seychelles’ Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Sylvestre Radegonde, the Public Health Authority has proposed new measures for the destination.

As of Monday, December 28, 2020, the UK will no longer be on the list of countries from which visitors can travel to the Seychelles.

On 31 December 2020, South Africa will not be included in the list of countries allowed in the country.

Between Wednesday 23 December 2020 and Thursday 31 December 2020, not all visitors arriving from South Africa are allowed to live in their private homes. Visitors will need to book a Category 2 business for at least 10 days before being tested, and if they are negative, they can complete the remaining 4 days at their private residence or a Category 1 business.

These decisions follow recent developments, with the United Kingdom and South Africa affected by a new variant of COVID-19.

The measures will enter into force until the end of January 2021 and will be reviewed before then.

Updates on travel arrangements and procedures for the destination can be found on the Tourism Department’s website http://tourism.gov.sc/ and the Department of Health http://www.health.gov.sc/ as well as the Seychelles Travel Guide page https://advisory.seychelles.travel/ .

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